Medications in the Hospital

Before taking medicine, to prevent mix-ups, make sure the medicine is the same size, shape, color, and dosage form as before. If not, ask why; the reason may be proper replacement with a generic.

Before taking a new medicine, ask the name, dose, possible side effects, and reason for use.

Have whoever gives you medicine check your ID bracelet or armband.

Ask whether scheduled tests require drugs or dyes. If you've had a bad reaction to such substances before, tell the staff.

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